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Please Let My Patients Feed Themselves
by Toni Patt
Nearly every time I walk down the hall during lunch, I'll see at least one family member feeding a patient. I know the family members mean well. They just want help. Helping someone eat seems to be an obvious way to feel useful. In actuality it does just Read More...
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Unintended Consequences
by Toni Patt
Last week, Congresswoman Giffords went on national television and spoke about her ordeal. What she did took a lot of courage. She gave the public a look into the scary world of brain injury. By speaking candidly, she gave hope to the victims and families Read More...
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What Outcomes Should We Measure?
by Toni Patt
My student and I were talking about outcome measures. Naturally the ICF model came up because it attempts to define disability. The ICF divides tests and measures into three categories: body function and structure, activities and participation. To properly Read More...
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The Cost of Rehab
by Toni Patt
I recently learned that my facility isn't as generous as I first thought. I've previously said we will admit patients to our rehab unit with or without insurance. I knew those patients were sent bills for their stays. A few days ago, I learned those bills Read More...
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The Problem with Scooters
by Toni Patt
I'm not a fan of electric scooters. In my mind, they've gone from a mobility option to a passive enabler. That doesn't mean there aren't people who benefit from them. They're a Godsend for elders residing in assisted-living facilities where the dining Read More...
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